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"The Museum’s mission is to celebrate, investigate and explore the civic arts of architecture and urban and environmental design, including fostering an appreciation for the history, vision, and cultural landscape of Coral Gables; promoting beauty and planning as well as historic and environmental preservation for a broad audience, including children, families, and community members, as well as local, regional, national and international visitors. The museum optimizes its mission by cultivating effective partnerships, and providing programming that includes exhibitions, collections, educational offerings, lectures, tours, publications and special events."

Coral Gables, located just to the southwest of Miami, was developed by George Edgar Merrick during the late 1920s. It was one of the first "planned communities" in the United States. During World War II, Coral Gables served as a hub for training pilots and mechanics.

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